Business & Industry

RFID Cheerleading Not Aligning with Developments Transpiring

A few short years ago, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) was touted as the next big thing in the supply chain management space. Today, the controversial technology is still struggling to find true acceptance by manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and distributors that would benefit the most from it. To be fair, global RFID revenue in 2007 did hit $917.3 million, Gartner Research analysts...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet

Retail sales, consumer prices, labor market trends, record patent growth and intellectual-property thieves -- let's see who the past week's winners and losers were. The envelope, please. Castro Resigns His Reign After nearly a half-century in power, Fidel Castro resigned as president of Cuba last week. The 81-year-old made the announcement in a statement to Granma, the official publication of the...

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Light Friday: The Messiest Office, Self-Healing Rubber, GM's View on Global Warming...

... One Sick IMT Editor and MORE. The peak of the flu season is here — along with body aches, fevers, chills, coughing and other unpleasant symptoms. An unusually rough flu season is filling doctors' offices, causing kids to miss school and, in general, rendering many of us completely unproductive. Officials at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have...

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Scarce Metals Lead to Rapid Changes in Mining

A recent survey showed that manufacturers are more concerned with high materials prices and increasingly scarce metals than anything else. Historically, passing along higher prices to customers might have worked -- but not in today's economy. Mined commodities such as iron, gold, aluminum and uranium are essential components of international trade. Thousands of products and processes depend on or...

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Mixed Outlook for Manufacturing in Early 2008

American industrialists not only maintained production but raised it in January for a second consecutive month. Here we break down the latest figures on production output, capacity, inventories and orders, as well as the key concerns of raw material and energy prices. This resistance to declining production occurred despite weak consumer spending in December and high prices for materials and...

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Strange Numbers

A new report warns that U.S. grade-school students lag behind those in other developed countries in science and math. How do we get this young crop of engineers and scientists more excited by math? One way is to help them see the fun and strange ways math is used in real-world applications. Topping the list of higher education and training in the World Economic Forum's recent global...

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Nothing New: High H-1B Visa Demand Expected

The same furious energy that has enabled skilled foreign workers to contribute to science and tech fields across the U.S. will soon create a rush for FY2009's H-1B work permit applications. Will there be a flood of H-1B visa applications again this year? In less than two months, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B applications for fiscal 2009. Most...

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Engineering, Science and Tech for the Pros

Despite concerns, those with a bent toward science, technology and engineering still have large opportunities for well-paying and satisfying jobs in America and throughout the rest of the world. During a meeting last November on America's science and engineering workforce, Michael Teitelbaum, vice president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York, told members of the United States House...

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Profiting from Innovation Now

Engineers equipped with the most suitable product lifecycle management tools can propel individual and enterprise innovation by developing new products quickly and efficiently. "PLM is an emerging technology with a lot of growth in front of it," Bob Nierman, president and CEO of RuleStream, told the Lean Advancement Initiative (LAI) at MIT in 2005. Since then, product lifecycle management has...

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Can R&D Still Drive the Next Big Thing?

As international research and development continues to play a huge part in advancing the latest designs and products, the bearing of R&D is changing international high-tech markets. Globally, spending on research and development (R&D) is increasing rapidly. In industrialized nations, R&D investment has risen from an average of about 1.5 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 1980 to more than...

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